After having twins, many mothers of multiples complain about very drastic hair loss. Many don't even mention it, thinking that it's a normal part of pregnancy to lose some hair. It can be anywhere from a couple of strands to a fist full of hair, but why? How normal is this? Is there anything that can be done to prevent it?
When and why does hair loss happen after pregnancy?
It is very common to lose hair up to five months after giving birth to your babies; this happens to 40-50% of women after delivery. This occurrence is called "telogen effluvium." Although you might find it very alarming, it typically does not cause any long term problems. The reason that this happens is because the human body produces 90% of hair while the remaining 10% stays on a “resting stage.” Every 60-90 days when the new hair is produced, the 10% that was “resting” falls out. This all changes during your pregnancy due to the elevated amount of hormones in your body. The hair that was supposed to fall out does not, so when your body is balancing out these hormones out after you give birth, all that hair that was supposed to shed during those nine months of pregnancy falls out all at once.
Can post delivery hair loss be prevented?
Your nutrition plays a major role in how your hair will act after giving birth. Making sure to eat a lot fresh fruits and vegetables (full of antioxidants and flavanoids) is very important, as these can promote hair growth and protect your hair follicles. Also, don't abuse your hair. Don't wear any hairstyles that require pulling back your hair tightly. This can cause tension and breaking-obviously leading to more hair falling out. You should also be careful when using heating tools to style your hair. Your hair is very weak and brittle during this time, and will easily burn. Try to find hair products that contain biotin and silica, as these will help protect your hair. Also keep in mind that wet hair breaks easily too. Try to always use a wide toothed comb when detangling wet hair.
How much is too much postpartum hair loss?
Follow your instincts. If you feel that you are losing too much hair and you see some bald spots, or areas that are thinning out too much, consult your physician. They can check to see what your hormone levels are, and whether or not they are leveling off. Whatever you do, do not get discouraged; this is your body's natural way of telling you that everything is going back to normal.